Emily Melzer, Ph.D. became excited about microbiology when she was introduced to sourdough starter as a kid. Since then, she’s been interested in applying knowledge of microbial behavior to solving real-world problems (bread-related and otherwise). Melzer is the CEO and Co-founder of Latde Diagnostics, a startup company spun out of UMass Amherst. Latde is developing a diagnostic test that rapidly guides physicians towards effective, responsible antibiotic treatment. With too many medical solutions out of reach for most of the world’s population, Latde is determined to create a test that can be used anywhere in the world, including disadvantaged communities. Making rapid diagnostics accessible to everyone could save and improve lives, mitigate the antibiotic resistance crisis and break down health inequity barriers.

Founders are everywhere, but resources aren’t.

That’s a shame, because the next big idea could come from anywhere.


The Massachusetts Founder Network aims to bridge the gap, giving startup founders equitable access to resources that will help their companies grow.


We support MA founders no matter where they come from, their company’s stage, or their business sector. We want to democratize access to the resources that will help them accelerate—and excel. All founders are welcome to find resources and community at MFN while creating connections, expanding their networks, and learning from one another.

About MFN

The Massachusetts Founders Network is a central hub for all things startups, fostering innovation and collaboration across the state. MFN offers valuable networking, resources, mentorship, and community for startup founders in Massachusetts. 


MFN is produced by Lever, a startup accelerator based in North Adams. Our work is supported by funding from and collaboration with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, based in Westborough.


We’ve been advising and connecting with entrepreneurs for years, and we’re using that knowledge and network to launch something new, with the help of an advisory board of successful founders and major players in the startup ecosystem. 

We plan to launch the Massachusetts Founders Network in summer 2023. Sign up for our newsletter to get alerts about our launch, new features, and MFN events!